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    Barbara C Olendzki RD, MPH

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentMedicine
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    419 Belmont Street
    Worcester MA 01605
    Phone508-856-5195
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      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

        Overview 
        Narrative

        Research Interests

        • Effect of diet and other lifestyle factors on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
        • The IBD-AID: Anti-inflammatory Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
        • Improving methods of dietary assessment in epidemiological studies

        Sample of Research Studies

        Principal Investigator

        IRG 93-033, American Cancer Society. 4/07-9/08

        Finding a simple message to improve dietary quality for cancer and heart disease prevention, “Can Do Study” (Cancer Dietary Objectives Study).This is a three-arm, randomized, controlled pilot study to test whether a single dietary recommendation in comparison with a more complex message (either low saturated fat, or high fiber, or combination) may have a synergistic beneficial effect on other areas of diet.

        Co-Investigator

        4/09-4/2014 1R01HL094575-01A1, NIH, NHLBI (PI: Y. Ma, PhD)
        “A simple dietary message to improve dietary quality for metabolic syndrome” In a randomized clinical trial, we will compare the efficacy of two intervention approaches to dietary change for CHD prevention among persons with metabolic syndrome. Currently in analysis.

        2011-2013 CCTS, UMass Medical School (Moore-Simas, Rosal Co-PI). Dietary Composition in pregnancy contributing to retention of weight gain. (Pea-Pods

        2011 –2013 1R21HL110208, NIH (Pbert)
        “School Nurse Intervention and After School Exercise Program for Overweight Teens”
        A School Nurse-Delivered Intervention for Overweight and At Risk Adolescents. The purpose of this study is to adapt a theory-based school nurse-delivered intervention and test potential efficacy in reducing BMI, improving diet, increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behavior.


        5/12-8/13 WHI New England Regional Center (NE-RC) REACH WHI Feasibility Study. (Li, Wenjun). Project Aims: To initiate the development of the self-administered instrument for surveying older women’s food purchasing habits, eating inside and outside the home with respect to frequencies, store type, restaurant type, geographic locations, and modes of transportation. To initiate the development of the administered instrument for surveying older women’s exercise and sedentary behaviors with respect to geographic location, timing, frequency and type/intensity, To initiate the development of the self-administered instrument for assessing participant perceptions of the nutrition and physical activity environment in their neighborhoods.


        03/12-09/13 Contract INTF2900HH2706811076 (Li)
        CDC/Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Evaluation of Mass in Motion and CTG Programs. This project provides statistical evaluation of the effectiveness of Mass in Motion and CTG programs managed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


        06/12-9/12 HHSN268201100001C (Wactawski-Wende, Li)
        NHLBI/ University at Buffalo The Women's Health Initiative Regional Field Center Program / WHI REACH Pilot Project: This pilot project develops and tests new instruments for surveying food purchasing and exercise behaviors among older women. The instruments will be used in a larger study ancillary to WHI. Role: Co-I (In kind)


        08/12-07/13 LSMF (Li) UMCCTS (NIH U54 CTSA)
        Residential Environment And Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors (REACH) Pilot Study. This pilot project develops and tests new instruments for surveying food purchasing behaviors and use of exercise places among older women. The study will test a battery of dietary and physical activity instruments among 100 community-dwelling older women.



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        1. Ma Y, Balasubramanian R, Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Hébert JR, Phillips LS, Goveas JS, Culver AL, Olendzki BC, Beck J, Smoller JW, Sepavich DM, Ockene JK, Uebelacker L, Zorn M, Liu S. Relations of Depressive Symptoms and Antidepressant Use to Body Mass Index and Selected Biomarkers for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun 13.
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        2. Pagoto S, Schneider KL, Whited MC, Oleski JL, Merriam P, Appelhans B, Ma Y, Olendzki B, Waring ME, Busch AM, Lemon S, Ockene I, Crawford S. Randomized controlled trial of behavioral treatment for comorbid obesity and depression in women: the Be Active Trial. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Mar 5.
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        3. Ma Y, Culver A, Rossouw J, Olendzki B, Merriam P, Lian B, Ockene I. Statin therapy and the risk for diabetes among adult women: do the benefits outweigh the risk? Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis. 2013 Feb; 7(1):41-4.
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        4. Carmody JF, Olendzki BC, Merriam PA, Liu Q, Qiao Y, Ma Y. A Novel Measure of Dietary Change in a Prostate Cancer Dietary Program Incorporating Mindfulness Training. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Jul 30.
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        5. Ma Y, Hébert JR, Manson JE, Balasubramanian R, Liu S, Lamonte MJ, Bird CE, Ockene JK, Qiao Y, Olendzki B, Schneider KL, Rosal MC, Sepavich DM, Wactawski-Wende J, Stefanick ML, Phillips LS, Ockene IS, Kaplan RC, Sarto GE, Garcia L, Howard BV. Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Incidence of Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women in the U.S.: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jul 25.
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        6. Merriam PA, Persuitte G, Olendzki BC, Schneider K, Pagoto SL, Palken JL, Ockene IS, Ma Y. Dietary intervention targeting increased fiber consumption for metabolic syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 May; 112(5):621-3.
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        7. Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Schneider KL, Ma Y, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Waring ME, Olendzki BC, Mann DM, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Depression severity, diet quality, and physical activity in women with obesity and depression. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 May; 112(5):693-8.
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        8. Culver AL, Ockene IS, Balasubramanian R, Olendzki BC, Sepavich DM, Wactawski-Wende J, Manson JE, Qiao Y, Liu S, Merriam PA, Rahilly-Tierny C, Thomas F, Berger JS, Ockene JK, Curb JD, Ma Y. Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women's Health Initiative. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):144-52.
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        9. Ockene IS, Tellez TL, Rosal MC, Reed GW, Mordes J, Merriam PA, Olendzki BC, Handelman G, Nicolosi R, Ma Y. Outcomes of a Latino community-based intervention for the prevention of diabetes: the Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project. Am J Public Health. 2012 Feb; 102(2):336-42.
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        10. Olendzki BC, Leung K, Van Buskirk S, Reed G, Zurier RB. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with marine and botanical oils: influence on serum lipids. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011:827286.
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        11. Ma Y, Balasubramanian R, Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Culver AL, Olendzki B, Tinker L, Liu S, Safford M, Sepavich DM, Rosal MC, Ockene JK, Carnethon M, Zorn M, Hébert JR. Elevated depressive symptoms, antidepressant use, and diabetes in a large multiethnic national sample of postmenopausal women. Diabetes Care. 2011 Nov; 34(11):2390-2.
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        12. McDermott MM, Reed G, Greenland P, Mazor KM, Pagoto S, Ockene JK, Graff R, Merriam PA, Leung K, Manheim L, Kibbe MR, Olendzki B, Pearce WH, Ockene IS. Activating peripheral arterial disease patients to reduce cholesterol: a randomized trial. Am J Med. 2011 Jun; 124(6):557-65.
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        13. Fernandez S, Olendzki B, Rosal MC. A dietary behaviors measure for use with low-income, spanish-speaking Caribbean latinos with type 2 diabetes: the latino dietary behaviors questionnaire. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Apr; 111(4):589-99.
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        14. Rosal MC, Ockene IS, Restrepo A, White MJ, Borg A, Olendzki B, Scavron J, Candib L, Welch G, Reed G. Randomized trial of a literacy-sensitive, culturally tailored diabetes self-management intervention for low-income latinos: latinos en control. Diabetes Care. 2011 Apr; 34(4):838-44.
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        15. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. What are patients actually eating: the dietary practices of cardiovascular disease patients. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2010 Sep; 25(5):518-21.
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        16. McDermott MM, Mazor KM, Reed G, Pagoto S, Graff R, Merriam P, Kibbe M, Greenland P, Ockene J, Olendzki B, Huimin Tao , Ockene I. Attitudes and behavior of peripheral arterial disease patients toward influencing their physician's prescription of cholesterol-lowering medication. Vasc Med. 2010 Apr; 15(2):83-90.
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        17. Merriam PA, Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Schneider KL, Li W, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Design and methods for testing a simple dietary message to improve weight loss and dietary quality. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009; 9:87.
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        18. Rosal MC, White MJ, Restrepo A, Olendzki B, Scavron J, Sinagra E, Ockene IS, Thompson M, Lemon SC, Candib LM, Reed G. Design and methods for a randomized clinical trial of a diabetes self-management intervention for low-income Latinos: Latinos en Control. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009; 9:81.
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        19. Lemon SC, Olendzki B, Magner R, Li W, Culver AL, Ockene I, Goldberg RJ. The dietary quality of persons with heart failure in NHANES 1999-2006. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Feb; 25(2):135-40.
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        20. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Hurley TG, Magner RP, Ockene IS, Schneider KL, Merriam PA, Hébert JR. Number of 24-hour diet recalls needed to estimate energy intake. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Aug; 19(8):553-9.
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        21. Pagoto SL, Ma Y, Bodenlos JS, Olendzki B, Rosal MC, Tellez T, Merriam P, Ockene IS. Association of depressive symptoms and lifestyle behaviors among Latinos at risk of type 2 diabetes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Jul; 109(7):1246-50.
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        22. Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Schneider KL, Merriam P, Culver AL, Ockene IS, Pagoto S. A simple dietary message to improve dietary quality: Results from a pilot investigation. Nutrition. 2009 Jul-Aug; 25(7-8):736-44.
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        23. Merriam PA, Tellez TL, Rosal MC, Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Pagoto SL, Ockene IS. Methodology of a diabetes prevention translational research project utilizing a community-academic partnership for implementation in an underserved Latino community. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009; 9:20.
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        24. Schneider KL, Bodenlos JS, Ma Y, Olendzki B, Oleski J, Merriam P, Crawford S, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Design and methods for a randomized clinical trial treating comorbid obesity and major depressive disorder. BMC Psychiatry. 2008; 8:77.
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        25. Pagoto S, Bodenlos JS, Schneider KL, Olendzki B, Spates CR, Ma Y. Initial investigation of behavioral activation therapy for co-morbid major depressive disorder and obesity. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2008 Sep; 45(3):410-5.
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        26. Ma Y, Hébert JR, Li W, Bertone-Johnson ER, Olendzki B, Pagoto SL, Tinker L, Rosal MC, Ockene IS, Ockene JK, Griffith JA, Liu S. Association between dietary fiber and markers of systemic inflammation in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Nutrition. 2008 Oct; 24(10):941-9.
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        27. Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Hébert JR, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Rosal MC, Ockene IS. Underreporting of energy intake and associated factors in a Latino population at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Jun; 108(6):1003-8.
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        28. Griffith JA, Ma Y, Chasan-Taber L, Olendzki BC, Chiriboga DE, Stanek EJ, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Association between dietary glycemic index, glycemic load, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Nutrition. 2008 May; 24(5):401-6.
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        29. Carmody J, Olendzki B, Reed G, Andersen V, Rosenzweig P. A dietary intervention for recurrent prostate cancer after definitive primary treatment: results of a randomized pilot trial. Urology. 2008 Dec; 72(6):1324-8.
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        30. Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Griffith JA, Bodenlos J, Wang Y, Ockene IS. Dietary quality 1 year after diagnosis of coronary heart disease. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Feb; 108(2):240-6; discussion 246-7.
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        31. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Li W, Hébert JR, Ockene IS, Griffith JA, Pagoto SL. A randomized clinical trial comparing low-glycemic index versus ADA dietary education among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Nutrition. 2008 Jan; 24(1):45-56.
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        32. Chiriboga DE, Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Matthews CE, Hebert JR, Ockene IS. Gender differences in predictors of body weight and body weight change in healthy adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jan; 16(1):137-45.
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        33. Ma Y, Pagoto SL, Griffith JA, Merriam PA, Ockene IS, Hafner AR, Olendzki BC. A dietary quality comparison of popular weight-loss plans. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007 Oct; 107(10):1786-91.
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        34. Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Culver AL, Ockene IS, Griffith JA, Hafner AR, Hebert JR. Methodology for adding glycemic index and glycemic load values to 24-hour dietary recall database. Nutrition. 2006 Nov-Dec; 22(11-12):1087-95.
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        35. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Hafner AR, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Andersen VA, Merriam PA, Pagoto SL. Low-carbohydrate and high-fat intake among adult patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. 2006 Nov-Dec; 22(11-12):1129-36.
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        36. Ma Y, Pagoto SL, Olendzki BC, Hafner AR, Perugini RA, Mason R, Kelly JJ. Predictors of weight status following laparoscopic gastric bypass. Obes Surg. 2006 Sep; 16(9):1227-31.
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        37. Goldberg RJ, Cui J, Olendzki B, Spencer F, Yarzebski J, Lessard D, Gore J. Excess body weight, clinical profile, management practices, and hospital prognosis in men and women after acute myocardial infarction. Am Heart J. 2006 Jun; 151(6):1297-304.
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        38. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Chiriboga D, Rosal M, Sinagra E, Crawford S, Hafner AR, Pagoto SL, Magner RP, Ockene IS. PDA-assisted low glycemic index dietary intervention for type II diabetes: a pilot study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct; 60(10):1235-43.
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        39. Ma Y, Li Y, Chiriboga DE, Olendzki BC, Hebert JR, Li W, Leung K, Hafner AR, Ockene IS. Association between carbohydrate intake and serum lipids. J Am Coll Nutr. 2006 Apr; 25(2):155-63.
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        40. Ma Y, Griffith JA, Chasan-Taber L, Olendzki BC, Jackson E, Stanek EJ, Li W, Pagoto SL, Hafner AR, Ockene IS. Association between dietary fiber and serum C-reactive protein. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Apr; 83(4):760-6.
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        41. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Li W, Hafner AR, Chiriboga D, Hebert JR, Campbell M, Sarnie M, Ockene IS. Seasonal variation in food intake, physical activity, and body weight in a predominantly overweight population. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Apr; 60(4):519-28.
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        42. Olendzki B, Speed C, Domino FJ. Nutritional assessment and counseling for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jan 15; 73(2):257-64.
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        43. Ma Y, Chiriboga D, Olendzki BC, Nicolosi R, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Effect of soy protein containing isoflavones on blood lipids in moderately hypercholesterolemic adults: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Aug; 24(4):275-85.
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        44. Rosal MC, Olendzki B, Reed GW, Gumieniak O, Scavron J, Ockene I. Diabetes self-management among low-income Spanish-speaking patients: a pilot study. Ann Behav Med. 2005 Jun; 29(3):225-35.
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        45. Ma Y, Olendzki B, Chiriboga D, Hebert JR, Li Y, Li W, Campbell M, Gendreau K, Ockene IS. Association between dietary carbohydrates and body weight. Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Feb 15; 161(4):359-67.
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        46. Hebert JR, Ebbeling CB, Olendzki BC, Hurley TG, Ma Y, Saal N, Ockene JK, Clemow L. Change in women's diet and body mass following intensive intervention for early-stage breast cancer. J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 Apr; 101(4):421-31.
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        47. Hebert JR, Hurley TG, Olendzki BC, Teas J, Ma Y, Hampl JS. Nutritional and socioeconomic factors in relation to prostate cancer mortality: a cross-national study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1998 Nov 4; 90(21):1637-47.
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        48. Olendzki BC, Hebert JR, Hampl JS, Scribner KB, Ockene IS. Nutrient Intake Report: a coordination of patient dietary assessment between physicians and registered dietitians. J Am Diet Assoc. 1998 Oct; 98(10):1159-62.
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